Two Piroplasmosis Quarantines Remain in Florida

Florida agriculture officials have released two more properties from equine piroplasmosis quarantine, according to a statement released on the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) Web site. Two properties remain under quarantine.

The quarantined properties are in Polk and DeSoto Counties. They can be released from quarantine once all horses test negative and 60 days since last exposure have passed. As of the Dec. 2 release, one positive horse remained on the DeSoto premises.

In total, 25 premises have been quarantined during the investigation that began in August.  

Tick surveillance is continuing, although no exotic ticks have been identified. Approximately 60 Dermacentor variabilis ticks, which have been shown to be experimental vectors for the organism, have been tested and found to be negative for the causative organism.

There are no restrictions on Florida horses with the exception of the additional requirements imposed by Canada for horses being imported from Florida. Read more about these requirements.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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